Category Archives: Visual Impairments

Concept Designs for Visual Impairments

Year End Top Ten: Concept Designs

For a peek at what might be it’s time for the top ten concept designs. Again you can read the original article by clicking on the picture and the order is by date appeared.


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Portable Text to Braille Reader Concept

Image: Jia Mengyin & Bao Haimo via Yanko Design

Image: Jia Mengyin & Bao Haimo via Yanko Design

If you’re a regular reader of my blog then you know I frequently mention how I have a friend and coworker who is blind and fluent in Braille. You also know how I’ve mentioned that very few people who are blind actually know Braille because of a variety of reasons. But even with advancing technology such as text to speech software, knowledge of Braille still has a useful place. Especially with paper documents where an electronic version might not be available. In which case this portable text to Braille reader concept by Jia Mengyin & Bao Haimo would come in handy.

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Reach & Match | Braille Learning Toy for Toddlers and Children

Worldwide there is a problem where children who are blind or visually impaired tend to fall behind their peers in learning. Sometimes this is due to mental disabilities related to their blindness. But other reasons include a lack of teachers, programs, tools, and societies that tend to put these children on the back burner. Another worldwide trend is the reduced learning and use of Braille among children who are blind. Sure technology is making Braille less needed, but knowing the language is still a useful tool and can aid in education. With these and more issues in mind, Australian Industrial Design student Lau Shuk Man (Mandy) developed and made the Reach & Match. A Braille learning toy for toddlers and children that also aids in stimulating other senses and cognition.

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Concept Audio Braille Reader

Braille Reader

Image: Wonkook Lee via {a href=”” target=”_blank”}Red Dot{/a}

As I’ve mentioned before on this blog, very few people who are blind actually know how to read Braille. But that doesn’t mean that it’s a dead language or that many people don’t actually benefit from it’s availability. Some people who are blind like my friend and coworker are very adept at reading Braille and can do so quickly. Others though may be slower or could have difficulty reading Braille because of conditions such as neuropathy. A possible helpful tool would be this Braille to voice concept design by Wonkook Lee. This Red Dot Award winning design is simply called Braille Reader.

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Braille Tabs for Electrical Cord Plugs

Image: Chen Shuwen via {a href=”” target=”_blank”}Tuvie{/a}

Most of the concept design that I feature are of products that would be difficult to build due costs or limits on existing technology. Here is one that almost anyone would be able to make and really would be useful to people beyond it’s target consumer. This Red Dot Award winning concept is a time saving braille tag for electrical cord plugs.

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Concave and Illuminated Door Lock

Concave Lock

Image: {a href=”” target=”_blank”}Tuvie{/a}

Most of us have experienced frustration when trying to get a door lock open at one time or another. Sometimes our hands are full and we keep missing the keyhole. Other times the darkness of night makes the experience a pin the tail on the donkey game. These type of frustrations can be commonplace for people with muscle control difficulties or visual impairments. A possible solution is the Red Dot Award winning Concave Lock concept by Poh Liang Hock.

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Aloft | Figure Skating Prosthetic

Aloft Prosthetic

Image: {a href="" target="_blank"}Yanin Alexa Kramsky{/a}

In a few weeks the world will be fixated on the Summer Olympics in London. Then a few days after the Paralympics will being their competitions. For years, all of these athletes and their trainers have been preparing for these games. Technology is also developed between Olympics to improve athletic performance. San Francisco industrial designer Yanin Alexa Kramsky has proposed a new prosthetic that would create a new event for the Paralympics. Aloft is a below the knee figure skating prosthetic concept.

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Capstone Tactile Pill Bottles

Capstone Tactile Pill Bottle

Image: {a href="" target="_blank"}Ashley Ma{/a}

Not long a go I wrote an article on Revolve, a concept pill bottle design for people with limited use of their hand and/or have memory problems. Today I’m writing about concept pill bottles designed for people who are blind or visually impaired. These pill bottles called Capstone, are brightly colored with tactile lids. The Capstone pill bottles were designed by University of Cincinnati design students Alex Broerman and Ashley Ma.

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